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Soundtrack Movie Review

Updated on: Oct 06, 2011



Soundtrack:
Soundtrack doesn't boasts of a huge star cast but has one thing that is really important to make a movie work and that is content. A fresh, entertaining and light film that will leave a smile on your face at the end.


Story:
Raunak (Rajeev Khandelwal) is an aspiring musician from a small town, comes down to Bombay to make is big. He becomes the hottest DJ in town and lives life like a ockstar. His routine is composing music in the day and DJing at night. His life starts taking a toll on him. He goes deaf. He has to leave his passion, his music. For a few months he goes into depression but then decides to live life. He gradually learns lip reading and creates revolution by composing music.


Analysis:
Soundtrack is different, not like the regular run-of-the-mill kind of a film. It has content and is entertaining. It comes off as a fresh attempt though is inspired from another motion picture. Also it is based on the life of a famous musician Beethoven. And another plus point is that it is a musical extravaganza that has some mind boggling tracks.


Performances:
There is no doubt that Rajeev Khandelwal is a powerhouse of talent. He carries the film on his shoulder well.
Soha Ali Khan plays and hearing and sound impaired girl and shines. Mrinalini Sharma plays Rajeev's girlfriend and has nothing much to do. But whatever little also that she does is best avoided talking about. Mohan Kapoor plays Raunak's manager. He is loud at places but still is decent enough.

Technicalities:
Direction, camera works, cinematography all are pluses. Though my only problem is that when Raunak is said to be in Bombay and Alibaug, why is the film shot in Bangkok and Pattaya/Phuket. All the songs are composed by different musicians and all make a mark. They fantastic specially 'Prem Baba'.

Plus Points:
        Music
        Performances

Minus Points:
        Seems slow at a point

Verdict:
        Definitely worth a watch

Rating: 3.5/5

Banner: Saregama India Limited, Indie Ideas
Starring: Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan, Mrinalini Sharma
Producer: Sanjiv Goenka, Apurv Nagpal
Director: Neerav Ghosh
Genre: Musical
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By Taran Adarsh, October 6, 2011 - 14:36 IST
There's nothing like watching a guy hit the ebb and then trying to crawl back again. The triumph of the human spirit catches our attention all the while. After all, people love watching a good tragedy. SOUNDTRACK, the official remake of the award winning IT'S ALL GONE PETE TONG, narrates one such story.

Rajeev Khandelwal is one of the few actors to have made a successful transition from television to cinema. His choice of films, starting with AAMIR, followed by SHAITAN and now SOUNDTRACK prove that he's keen to be a part of movies that push the envelope, that push him beyond his boundaries. He's gradually emerged as the face of intelligent urban cinema. That's also one of the reasons why SOUNDTRACK catches your attention.


SOUNDTRACK may be a 'small budget film' [in film parlance], but I strongly believe that budgets, however big or small, can never decide on the quality of cinema. A mockumentary, SOUNDTRACK takes a closer look at a musician's life faced with a career-ending handicap. It has some heartwarming moments, some amusing moments, some comic moments and some lump in the throat moments.


Very well shot drama with touches of black humor, director Neerav Ghosh deserves immense praise for handling a complex story with amazing maturity. The story is attention-grabbing -- it traces his alcohol, drug and sex-fuelled meteoric rise, as he battles his internal demons and a damaging handicap -- and I must add that the film has a strong melodramatic theme with some terrific moments that stay with you.

SOUNDTRACK narrates the story of a successful DJ, Raunak [Rajeev Khandelwal], who gets addicted to drugs and alcohol and loses his hearing ability. He goes through low phases and also starts hallucinating, seeing a joker around him all the time. He is diagnosed with a hearing disorder that ultimately leads to his going deaf. Subsequently, Gauri [Soha Ali Khan] enters his life. His career nosedives, but his love for music helps him resurrect himself.

If you think SOUNDTRACK is distressing and disheartening, let me tell you, it's not! On the contrary, it is young, colorful and most importantly, inspirational, something that goes very well what a majority of movie-going audience these days. The director also ensures that the soundtrack is befitting the content of the film. Besides, the party culture, which is prevalent in metros, where one can find sex and drugs, is depicted well in the plot.

Director Neerav Ghosh narrates an interesting story in an altogether new format. Only thing, the film tends to get stretched at places and could've done with sharper editing. Cinematography is eye-filling.

Rajeev is known for giving his best at whatever he does. Playing an emotionally unstable character is always taxing and an edgy journey for any actor, but Rajeev emerges triumphant with a bravura performance. Ditto for Soha, who delivers a sparkling performance. Soha is capable of delivering a powerful performance if given an opportunity and this film proves it. Though Mrinalini Sharma doesn't really get scope, yet, the pretty lass gives it all to her character and registers an impact. Another winning performance comes from Mohan Kapur, who is superb in a rather tough role. This film should make people sit and notice this talented actor. Yateen Karyekar does very well as well. Ankur Tewari and Sidd Coutto, the musicians, are wonderful in their respective roles.

On the whole, SOUNDTRACK captivates you with a story that talks of the triumph of the human spirit. An inspiring film, a human story, a relatable and credible journey with an atypical, feel-good conclusion, SOUNDTRACK is not to be missed.

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Soundtrack

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Music :
Lyrics :
Starring :
 Neerav Ghosh 
 Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale
 Dhruv Jagasia, Anushka Manchanda, Kailash Kher, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Ankur Tewari, Papon and Anand Bakshi
 
Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan, Mrinalini Sharma, Mohan Kapoor, Yatin Karyekar, Ankur Tewari, Anurag Kashyap and Siddharath Coutto 


Soundtrack Movie Review

October 6, 2011 06:18:22 PM IST
By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial

SOUNDTRACK can easily be classified as an experiment in creativity. It's a bold move by director Neerav Ghosh who has found willing backers in his generous producers. Not everyone gets a chance to explore the realms of his thoughts and explode on celluloid with such gay abandon as does Neerav and his protagonist Rajeev Khandelwal. With AAMIR, released three years ago, Rajeev stamped his imprint as a quality actor. In SOUNDTRACK, he further endorses that truth. 

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Anurag Kashyap tried his hand at this 'experimental element' in NO SMOKING. That's probably the reason why he is part of this film in a small role as someone who talks glowingly about Raunak Kaul (Rajeev Khandelwal) who is now a successful music composer, although he has turned deaf. There are others from the music industry as well, who speak about Raunak's genius. There's Anu Mallick, Salim (of Salim-Suleiman fame), Kailsah Kher apart from successful VJs and DJs. That's a novelty Neerav brings into this film as he intersperses their views on the central character as he tells the story. 

Raunak is full of life. He comes to the city from a small town to make it big. He lost his father at the age of six, but does remember the 'musical times' he had with his dad. His uncle hands him some unfinished tapes of his father and Raunak adds layers to it which become an instant hit in the night club where he is the most sought-after DJ. Already high on alcohol, he takes to drugs of all sorts not to mention women. Life is actually a mess, but he perceives it as bliss. Excess takes its toll on his body and the constant loud decibel levels at the club aided by his 'wasted' lifestyle brings about a hearing disability. He turns stone deaf.

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The first half is full of excesses to the point of being repulsive. Drugs, alcohol, women and what have you... But I guess, Neerav had to drive home his point. And you realize the reasoning behind this move after the break when things glide smoothly. Raunak comes to terms with his deafness, returns to civilian life and meets with Gauri (Soha Ali Khan), who is also deaf. She is his lip-reading teacher. 

It is the second part that balances out the tumultuous first. Both Soha and Rajeev share a chemistry that endears you to them.
Modulating her voice and aiding it with her finger movements and facial expressions, Soha is first rate. I mean this is not a movie any heroine would do. It's only the bold who will experiment with such technically difficult roles. 

It's hard-hitting and creatively presented. But what could have worked in Neerav's favour is if the rest of the cast were within the confines of the parameters he had in mind for the film.

It would be tough to get in the audience (read commercial success), but those creatively inclined should definitely watch this flick. 

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Soundtrack: Movie Review

Gaurav MalaniGaurav Malani, TNN | Oct 6, 2011, 06.50PM IST

Based on true events, Soundtrack is an official remake of the cult English film ' It's All Gone Pete Tong ' (2004). The film traces the meteoric rise and fall of a DJ, Raunak Kaul (Rajeev Khandelwal) who has the talent to make the world dance to his tunes (quite literally). But an excessive lifestyle of sex and substance abuse, not only makes him lose focus towards work, but also leads to a permanent physical disability. In his world dominated by loud music, Raunak turns completely deaf and is unable to pursue his dreams to make music.

Things change when Raunak meets Gauri (Soha Ali Khan), who too is hearing impaired but has mastered the art of lip-reading. In Gauri, Raunak finds a tutor and life-partner. Also his passion for music is rekindled, as he attempts to sense sound (if not hear) and study digital waveforms of tunes he knew, to create new music. Thereby a deaf DJ turns a renowned composer.

Debutante director Neerav Ghosh attempts to give a docu-drama shade to the narrative to make it seem like a biographical take on the life of his protagonist. Thankfully the documentary treatment never overcomes the actual story, which has enough scope for drama per se. The first half seems obsessed with close-up shots of alcohol, drugs, smoke and sex. Raunak boozes as if he were drinking water and smokes like he is breathing air. The idea might be to give a dark and disturbing shade to the film like Anurag Kashyup brand of cinema (the maverick filmmaker also has a cameo), more so with ample scope for substance abuse in the narrative. But after a point of time, it only gets repetitive and seems forced.

The tone of the film suddenly changes in the second half when the narrative turns more soft and sober, as Raunak goes on a self-rehabilitation drive, shunning all addiction. His romance track (with Soha) is blithe as compared to his hardcore sex-drive (with Mrunalini Sharma) in the first half. But beyond the somber shade and his chemistry with costars, the narrative isn't able to create as much contrast between the first half and the second that would have resulted in relating and feeling for the protagonist's plight better.

The depth that it adds to Raunak's relearning process of music (which is the soul of the film) in the second half pales in comparison to the intensity that it lends to the buildup of substance abuse in the first half. Which means the film adds intensity where not needed and vice versa. A basic idea of a deaf person composing decent music makes for an inspiring story. While the promising premise of the film doesn't let you down, one still feels the entire account could have been more stimulating, esp. when the director had straight reference point in the form of the original film.

The entire track of Raunak's fight with his inner demon (clowning around him in a joker-faced mask) looks ludicrous over being symbolic. It gets exasperating after a point and the entire track could certainly have been avoided. For a film dealing primarily with music, the actual 'soundtrack' isn't as stimulating as one would have expected. Also the length could have been shorter and the film could have done away with several repetitive portions. However, the dialogues, esp. in the second half, are well-worded and leave an impact.

Soundtrack
works to a big extent because of the persuasive performance of its protagonist played by Rajeev Khandelwal. At the onset, one seems uncertain if the sober-imaged actor would be able to pull off a character as wild and weird as this. But as you see him getting more and more into his character, you are amazed at the conviction he brings to his role. Soha Ali Khan not only plays a deaf character, she has to lisp in her diction too. And the actress does it with absolute subtlety (as compared to the Bollywood stereotypes that go overboard) and brings grace to her role. It would have made more sense if the story enlightened on the reason behind her lisp. Mrinalini Sharma looks refreshingly sexy and is not one-bit vulgar in her skimpily-clad character. Mohan Kapur hams. Manu Rishi doesn't get much scope. Yatin Karyekar is decent.

While it had potential to be a rocking film, Soundtrack, at least, turns out to be sound cinema. Worth giving an ear (and eye) too!

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Rajeev Rocks as Neerav Triumphs With 'Soundtrack'! 

By MovieTalkies.com, 06 October 2011 

Soundtrack Review

There's something irresistible about a heroic triumph, something about an individual overcoming all odds, that appeals to something in every one of us. That appeal is only multiplied, when stories of such triumph leave the pages of fiction, and come into the world of reality, touched by a sense of realism. Perhaps that is why director Neerav Ghosh's debut effort, 'Soundtrack', makes for such a deeply satisfying watch.

However, let one state at the outset, that while this documentary-like feature film claims to be based on a true story, that, in fact, isn't quite true. The film is actually an official remake of the 2004 Canadian indie classic, 'It's All Gone Pete Tong', a similar mockumentary of sorts that spoke of the rise, fall and rise of a fictional Ibiza DJ, Frankie Wilde, with names like DJ Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk and Lol Hammond appearing as talking heads relating Frankie's story through the film. While the original film has turned into something of a cult touchstone, 'Soundtrack', with a first-timer in Neerav at its helm, still has some way to go before it achieves that sort of success. Where the film does see success, however, is in the way Ghosh manages to Indianise as urbane a story as this subject, and makes it quite relatable.

The film's plot is almost Beethoven-esque in its scope, and indeed, more than 'It's All Gone Pete Tong', it is the master composer's legendary life that 'Soundtrack' will invite direct comparisons with. Smartly, then, Neerav makes Ludwig himself a narrator in the film, peppering the narrative with framed quotes from the composer's life.

The plot revolves around a music-maker called Ronak, played superbly by Rajeev Khandelwal, arriving in the city to hit the big-time. Ronak carries within him, the legacy, or rather, the burden of his late father, Parth, who himself tried to make a mark in the music industry, but simply couldn't find success. Ronak, though, tastes victory immediately, as he quickly turns into the superstar DJ at the Tango Charlie club, with the club's owner, Charlie, played by Mohan Kapur, acting as his manager. It is evident that Ronak has a great ear for music, though this is accompanied by a vicious addiction to sex, drugs and alcohol, all of which he finds quite easily in the wonderland of his fame. However, the film's pivotal turn comes when he finds that even as the noose of his addictions is tightening around his neck, his ear is quite literally leaving him, rendering him deaf. The rest of the film deals with Ronak's own tribulations with his condition and how he eventually rises to meet the challenge of life, with some help along the way.

The film, though slow at some points, hooks from the start. The film scores with its interesting narrative, where Ronak's story is told in flashbacks, interspersed with interviews with characters from the film, like Ronak's uncle, his manager Charlie, his band mates Biscuit and Banjo, and his girlfriend, model Shonali, along with real life characters like Kailash Kher and DJ Aqeel, speak of their meetings with Ronak and their impression of him. The tone that they speak of him in, which casts him in an almost genius-like silhouette, makes his character that much more intriguing and appealing. The use of the mysterious Johnny Joker character is also quite interesting, taking the narrative forward in quite unexpected ways, though one must say that the credit here goes to the makers of the original film.

Rajeev Khandelwal, though just two films old as 'Soundtrack' rolls in, has quickly become one of the most interesting actors to watch on the Indian cinema screen. The actor has successfully made the transition from the small screen to the big, and his performance here as Ronak proves that this isn't without reason. Khandelwal is amazingly sincere on centre-stage here, and comes up with a truly captivating performance. The scenes where he is still struggling to deal with his condition are heartbreaking, while you can't help but cheer him on as he finally finds him triumph in the climax.

Soha Ali Khan is also a revelation as Gauri, entering the narrative almost halfway through the second half, but leaving quite a mark. The actress charms in her 'special' role, and shows that given the right scope, she too has the histrionic skills to deliver. Mrinalini Sharma, unfortunately, doesn't get this scope, though, as Ronak's supermodel girlfriend Shonali, she does show potential. Yatin Karyekar, as Ronak's uncle, delivers a great performance, as do the non-actors on the cast, musicians Sidd Coutto and Ankur Tewari, who play Biscuit and Banjo, respectively. Mohan Kapur is perhaps the other main character, apart from Ronak, here, and with a performance that is over the top at points and beautifully understated at others, shows what Bollywood has been ignoring all these years. His Charlie is hilarious, yet endearing, throughout the film.

Given that the film revolves around music and a musician, it was imperative that 'Soundtrack' have a flawless soundtrack itself, and on that front, the film's music directors, the superb Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale, deliver handsomely. Tracks like 'what the f', 'atomizer' and 'fakira' rock the dancefloor, while 'banao', by Papon, and 'jannat', by the film's Banjo, Ankur Tewari, truly charm. However, the climactic number, 'ek manzil', with its haunting cello hook, is where it all truly comes together in a piece of addictive brilliance.

There are points in 'Soundtrack' where the scene-to-scene influence of 'It's All Gone Pete Tong' is unshakeable. And, given the fact that it's an official remake of the film, the question arises as to how much of the credit for 'Soundtrack' goes to Neerav Ghosh. Holistically speaking, the plot is undoubtedly the most crucial aspect of any film, as it is here. However, when that plot is backed up bravura performances like those from Rajeev Khandelwal and Soha, as well as an OST that is as brilliant, the credit then legitimately lies with the director for having the vision to come up with a work as complete as 'Soundtrack'. While the argument can be made for watching the original instead of 'Soundtrack', one has no doubt that if you miss watching this debut effort from Neerav Ghosh, you will be missing out on something promising indeed…


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Review: Soundtrack is watchable - Rediff.com Movies

Just imagine what it would have been like for Beethoven [ Images ] who created music while being deaf or artists such as Claude Monet and Benode Behari Mukherjee who painted despite losing their eyesight? Neerav Ghosh's Soundtrack not only explores the dilemma of a creative man in the face of such a loss but also the thin schism between 'fact and fiction.' The 'fact and fiction' theory was put forth by American film critic Roger Ebert in his review of It's All Gone Pete Tong, the Canadian film from which Soundtrack is officially adapted.

Ghosh uses footage from real-life technicians like Anurag Kashyap, Anu Malik [ Images ] and DJ Aqeel alongside fictional characters to plot the life journey of DJ Raunak Kaul (Rajeev Khandelwal [ Images ]). When Raunak enters Mumbai [ Images ], he spots a beggar with an exceptional gift for singing (the singing beggar has been a stock character in many Hindi movies before) and years later, makes him sing for his album. With the help of his genial uncle, he finds a job as a DJ at the club Tango Charlie and this is where he meets his producer/agent, Charlie (Mohan Kapoor) who initiates him into the La Dolce Vita-inspired world of wild parties, women, alcohol and drugs.

This is precisely where he fritters away his real talent. The quality of his music dips and at one point, he is nearly booed out by a disgruntled club crowd. More than being ambitious Raunak is afraid of failures and wonders if his life will replicate his father's; a great musician who died without any fame and with only a boxful of records as his legacy. Raunak expresses his frustration in a particular scene when he suggests that he wished his father hadn't left behind the "legacy of failure." After Raunak is diagnosed of complete loss of hearing in one ear and partial, in another, he stays away from sound.

This phase of his life presents a contrast to the first, for he turns his back on excess to adopt a more frugal existence. He meets and falls in love with his lip-reading instructor Gauri (Soha Ali Khan [ Images ]). Raunak focuses on his craft and eventually comes up with an album that he creates in an absolute state of deafness. 

By and large, Soundtrack remains doggedly faithful to its source material and in such a scenario it becomes difficult to credit director Neerav Ghosh for everything. When directors usually remake a film that may have left a deep impression on them they bring in their personal touch and that's what distinguishes the remake from the original. Which brings us to a simple question: Had Soundtrack been as good if it wasn't adapted from It's All Gone Pete Tong? Another major setback for Soundtrack is that Raunak appears to be a minor speck in his contribution to music and that weakens the effect of a story which grandly projects him as a hero with handicap. Its impact would have been much stronger had the inspiration been Beethoven himself or other iconic figure in the musical history.

If you overlook that fact, on its own, Soundtrack is a watchable film, with able support from its cast and if Ghosh is to be credited for anything, let it be said that he has an eye for his material and knows where to look.


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Why you should watch Soundtrack

Apart from the posters that look pretty exciting, the story promises to match up to our expectations. Starring Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan and Mrinalini Sharma, the film revolves around a DJ with a handicap. And as he reaches the top, he meets several of his inner demons on the way.

Going by the gist, it sounds like a version of Ranbir's upcoming Rockstar. But what makes a world of difference is Rajeev Khandelwal. We're pinning our hopes on the star who wowed everybody with his Bollywood debut in Aamir.

We're not sure what the critics' response is going to be, but it definitely seems like one of the better movies releasing today.






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Story: Small town boy Rajeev Khandelwal comes to Mumbai, chasing his dreams to become a musician. It doesn't take long before he becomes the most happening DJ of the club scene, creating his music from the sounds of the city and its streets. But it doesn't take long too before he succumbs to the pressures of the glam job -- drug abuse, alcohol, continuous exposure to loud music -- and descends into his private hell. Falling prey to a hearing disorder he almost loses it all, until he meets Soha Ali Khan -- herself deaf -- who teaches him how to lip read. More importantly, she teaches him how to rediscover meaning and music in his life, once again. 
Movie Review: The film is inspired by the English film It's All Gone Pete Tong which traced the intense highs and lows in the life of musician Frankie Wilde, a legend in the Ibiza club scene, as he battled his hearing disorder. But kudos to both filmmaker Neerav Ghosh and actor Rajeev Khandelwal for creating a completely authentic Indian idiom in Soundtrack which holds up a glitzy, yet dark mirror to the Mumbai rock scene. 

If Ghosh prefers to tell his story with poise and restraint, never losing hold on the life-like rhythm, then Khandelwal creates a classic act as the simpleton who goes full circle. First, he gets seduced by the heady power of fame and success and falls headlong into a life of indulgence and excess. Arrogance too slips in, as he begins to ill-treat his teammates who do not know about his increasing physical debility...his hearing is fast fading, but the rock star is too proud to reveal it. But when the world begins to turn its back on him and the sounds which were the source of his life, totally disappear, the desperate man does everything to save himself. He even incarcerates himself in dark, solitary confinement, plagued only by his private demons: a life-size joker that relentlessly mocks at him. 

It's only when he slays the demon that he manages to emerge a whole man again. Time for some sweet romance -- and help -- from perky Soha Ali Khan who plays a perfect foil to his anguished self. Also, time to rediscover his music by ferreting out some forgotten notes from his childhood -- his father's legacy -- and try and create history again. 

Well acted, well narrated and with loads of great music (Midival Punditz), Soundtrack is cinema with a soul. 

Tip Off: Must for music makers and movie-buffs who don't want all the films to be breathless tales of revenge and gore or riotous romance.

Critic's Rating: 
Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal, Soha Ali Khan, Mrinalini Sharma, Mohan Kapoor
Direction: Neerav Ghosh
Genre: Drama
Duration: 2 hours 12 minutes

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Film Review | The din of silence
A remake of a charmless original, 'Soundtrack' tries too hard to be inspirational and turns insipid

Sanjukta Sharma

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This is the story of "Bandra's Beethoven". That label, used by a glib manager (played by Mohan Kapoor) to hard-sell the hero of Neerav Ghosh's Soundtrack, is bereft of irony or humour. It is meant to be sycophantic, glowing, earnest, 'soul-soup' inspirational—largely what the entire movie also is.

Raunak Kaul (Rajeev Khandelwal) is a master turntablist who spins at a nightclub in what is implied as Bandra, the hip Mumbai suburb. One day he goes deaf. Does he plunge deeper into his cocaine-and-whiskey path towards perdition and hell? Or does he crawl back up to life and music? There's that tantalizing promise—the promise of a man's redemption after he has hit the abyss with drugs, bad decisions, being in love with the wrong person, and a sudden physical disability.

Director Neerav Ghosh mentions in the credits that the film is inspired by the motion picture It's All Gone Pete Tong. But in fact, it is more than just an inspiration. Soundtrack has scenes which are exact replicas of the 2004 British production, written and directed by Michael Dowse. The true story of the original, that of a DJ at an Ibiza nightclub—somewhat of a legend in the Ibiza club scene then—and the sudden end of his raucous lifestyle, is not stuff of great tragedy. In Dowse's movie, Wilde has no nuances, and is unintentionally comic in the way his life spirals down. British actor Paul Kaye? adds to the part—a skinny man with a stupid laugh, corroded by drugs, who finally cleans up. There is a comic intensity to Frankie's tragedy which makes the character bearable, although the film in its itself is quite charmless.

The writing of the Hindi remake adapts quite awkwardly to the Mumbai context. This is not really a decadent 'Charlie' and 'charas' land. The director and cinematographer (Anshuman Mahaley) depends on neon hues, jagged camera angles and the music to create the drug-induced madness. The actor does not have to do a lot. The only nuance in Raunak, really, is his hallucinatory relationship with an unthreatening clown who goads him on to inebriation (in the original, it was a grizzly bear-like beast with dried cocaine stuck to its nose). There is also his past—a childhood without a father and the only child of a helpless mother, a trite Bollywood tool in this context.

The attempt to localize is of course intentional, and it is ultimately not the film's undoing. The attempt to make Raunak's story sentimental and inspirational, and to strip the character's of all his foolishness and dumbness—even when he is wasted silly, Khandelwal lends Raunak a sense of importance and seriousness—is. It is a put-off, for this DJ is no tragic hero.

Raunak, a man of firm build and groomed hair, is the anti-thesis of a man swallowed by self-destructive madness. His physicality belies the rot inside. Khandelwal has performed with gusto and he makes some scenes extremely potent, but overall, he is sorely mismatched to this character. Soha Ali Khan? plays a deaf girl who rescues Raunak from oblivion. She too, like Khandelwal, is inconsistent. In some scenes the character is strikingly original, and in some completely banal. Mohan Kapoor as the greedy, soulless manager, is the most convincing character here.

Soundtrack is a downer, but for a few powerful scenes—all of which are exact replicas from the movie it's inspired from.

I will confess I am at a disadvantage here because I have watched It's All Gone Pete Tong twice, quite by accident. And comparisons with the mediocre original is unavoidable. When it's a remake or an "inspiration", the task of making it better or to adapt it truthfully to its context is up for scrutiny. And I judge the film largely on those terms.

The star of Soundtrack is its music. Lyricists (Kailash Kher?, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Karsh Kale, Vishal Vaid, among others), music directors (Midival Punditz, Karsh Kale, Papon, Kailash Kher, Laxmilant Kudalkar) lift the trajectory of this self-aggrandizing hero by a few notches. The film is visually accomplished, if albeit too plastic at times, but the music and the cinematography momentarily achieves what neither the lead actors nor the writing can achieve.

Soundtrack released in theatres on Friday

sanjukta.s@livemint.com

http://www.livemint.com/2011/10/06191620/Film-Review--The-din-of-silen.html?h=B

P.S: My Take On This Review: the review is avg, because the writer is in 'It's All Gone Pete Tong' mode...LOLLOLLOL

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